Animals at the Rainbow Ark sanctuary, in Weardale, given clean bill of health

The Northern Echo: The dramatic moment the distraught owner of Rainbow Ark Animal Sanctuary collapsed as she was overcome with grief after the arrival of bailiffs The dramatic moment the distraught owner of Rainbow Ark Animal Sanctuary collapsed as she was overcome with grief after the arrival of bailiffs

THE RSPCA has been called in to help advise a mortgage company which repossessed a Weardale wildlife sanctuary - and hundreds of animals.

Baliffs entered the Rainbow Ark Animal Sanctuary, at Milkup Bank Farm, to repossess the property yesterday after owner Paula Campbell fell behind with her repayments.

Ms Campbell has spent 20 years looking after all kinds of poorly and unwanted animals but the recession, and rising food costs, left her hopelessly out of pocket.

The decision by North Yorkshire-based money lender Redstone Mortgages to repossess the sanctuary has prompted a public outcry and growing fears for the fate of hundreds of cats, dogs, donkeys and other animals at the site.

However, the RSPCA last night reassured animal lovers that the menagerie was safe and well.

Britain's biggest animal charity sent inspectors into the facility to check on the animals. Afterwards it said none of them were in immediate danger or distress.

Redstone Mortgages released a statement to The Northern Echo saying it was not planning to rehome the animals immediately.

Within hours of the eviction, volunteers were overwhelmed with calls and emails from animal lovers and charities as far away as Norwich and London offering to help.

Paula Campbell, who set up the sanctuary at her home, said: “Literally hundreds of people have been in touch, some upset and angry at what has happened and others just saying they care and asking what they can do.”

Ms Campbell, who is recovering after collapsing during the eviction, set up her Christian-based sanctuary in a remote spot in Weardale more a decade ago.

The Northern Echo:
FIRST AID: A police officer assists Paula Campbell following her collapse

The Northern Echo:
The RSPCA at the Rainbow Ark Animal Sanctuary

She thought about giving up last year but found she didn't have the heart to turn her back on so many animals that needed her help.

So she carried on and, yesterday, a team of baliffs turned up to make the decision for her.

Crying, she said: “I was just overwhelmed, it has been my home and life’s work for 11 years.

“You come in to this world with nothing and go out with nothing, it is the work you do in between that counts, so this isn’t about the money for me it is about caring for those animals.

”I was forced to leave so many animals behind, I have been sick with worry about them.”

Eight people, including Paula , her family and volunteers, held a peaceful protest against the eviction, but to no avail as the farm was repossessed due to thousands of pounds worth of mortgage payment arrears.

The baliffs - who demanded that photographers and television crews not take their picture - ignored sanctuary volunteer John Proctor who tried to deny them a right of entry.

When they entered the sanctuary, the protestors were told they were now trespassing on private land owned by the mortgage company. No one seemed to know what arrangements had been made to feed the animals that were looking on and the scores more in the barns.

Rachel Bayley, marketing executive at HML, which manages the administration for Redstone Mortgages, said: “We cannot comment on what will happen to the animals.”

However, at a court hearing in 2011 the company pledged that the animals would be rehomed.

A distraught Mr Proctor said: “We have done everything we can do to keep the sanctuary but it’s made no difference. We are devastated, all of us here and especially Paula have only ever had the best interests of the animals at heart.

“Now our priority will be to find homes for the animals, and we are contacting other sanctuaries to see if they can take them in.”

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The Northern Echo:

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A blockade was set up at the entrance to the farm to stop bailiffs gaining access

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Bailiffs pin a notice requesting the removal of personal effects from the property

Ms Campbell’s daughter Jayne said she was outraged at the way she was treated by the bailiffs.

She said: “It was disgusting, they were awful to me, I was given five minutes to get all of my mum’s things, including her pet dogs. It’s been a horrible ordeal for the animals as well, two of our cats have run away and the dogs were obviously scared, these people had no respect for the animals whatsoever.”

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Happier times: Paula Campbell at the sanctuary in 2011

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Ms Campbell said she and her mother will now fight for the sanctuary through the courts.

She said: “My mum is a hard woman and a real fighter, but today she was just tired with it after fighting these people for so long.

“They knocked us down this time but we will work together and build ourselves back up, we still believe what happened was illegal and we will fight it, if only for the sake of the animals.”

Rachel Bailey, for Redstone, said: “Redstone takes its obligation as mortgagee in possession very seriously and will take all necessary steps to ensure the safety and welfare of all animals at the property.”

The RSPCA has had officers at the scene to ensure those animals reliant upon electricity were taken to a vet for priority care on Wednesday night.

A spokeswoman said: "We have five officers on site today (Thursday, January 30) who are assisting with the feeding and watering of the animals in situ and are giving advice to the people who are currently responsible for them to ensure their welfare is secure.

"Vets have also been called in on RSPCA advice to check over all of the animals."

Volunteers hope to work with animal welfare officers who have access to the site on the lengthy process of rehoming animals including cats, dogs, donkeys, horses, pigs, alpacas and rhea birds.

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8:05am Thu 30 Jan 14

Originalneilg says...

"The bailiffs - who demanded that photographers and television crews not take their picture " So the Northern echo agreed?? Why no pictures? They have no right, if its a public space take the pics!!
"The bailiffs - who demanded that photographers and television crews not take their picture " So the Northern echo agreed?? Why no pictures? They have no right, if its a public space take the pics!! Originalneilg

8:13am Thu 30 Jan 14

Ally F says...

This is a tragic story of well-intentioned but perhaps naive people wanting to care for animals but not fulfilling their financial obligations to their lenders. When the security of the mortgage is the property and the borrower has defaulted on their repayments then repossession is inevitable unless some other agreement has been reached.

I wonder why Rainbow Ark was not set up as a registered charity; that might have attracted much more funding as donors can access the charity's financial reports and a board of trustees would provide financial and mangerial oversight.
This is a tragic story of well-intentioned but perhaps naive people wanting to care for animals but not fulfilling their financial obligations to their lenders. When the security of the mortgage is the property and the borrower has defaulted on their repayments then repossession is inevitable unless some other agreement has been reached. I wonder why Rainbow Ark was not set up as a registered charity; that might have attracted much more funding as donors can access the charity's financial reports and a board of trustees would provide financial and mangerial oversight. Ally F

9:38am Thu 30 Jan 14

Edmondsley says...

The headline does not seem to reflect the story.It appears to be an appeal for homes for the animals.What kind of animals, who do you contact?
The headline does not seem to reflect the story.It appears to be an appeal for homes for the animals.What kind of animals, who do you contact? Edmondsley

10:05am Thu 30 Jan 14

pandorica says...

I wonder if REDSTONE have a legal obligation now to look after and rehome these animals now they have repossessed the property. Would be interesting to here from The RSPCA over this, as surely REDSTONES are now legally accountable for the animals upkeep, so they should have people at the sanctuary day and night looking after them?
I wonder if REDSTONE have a legal obligation now to look after and rehome these animals now they have repossessed the property. Would be interesting to here from The RSPCA over this, as surely REDSTONES are now legally accountable for the animals upkeep, so they should have people at the sanctuary day and night looking after them? pandorica

10:40am Thu 30 Jan 14

Gedmc1 says...

Bailiffs are nothing but thugs with an official ID, check out what other occupations these scum have and you will see the type of people they really are. I agree withe the comment above why did the NE not take pictures of these people and put them on public record, they hold public office and have no right to anonymity. It seems to me the press in general have no qualms about illegally interrogating your phone messages but are cowards when it comes to real news.
Bailiffs are nothing but thugs with an official ID, check out what other occupations these scum have and you will see the type of people they really are. I agree withe the comment above why did the NE not take pictures of these people and put them on public record, they hold public office and have no right to anonymity. It seems to me the press in general have no qualms about illegally interrogating your phone messages but are cowards when it comes to real news. Gedmc1

5:11pm Thu 30 Jan 14

babz says...

Edmondsley wrote:
The headline does not seem to reflect the story.It appears to be an appeal for homes for the animals.What kind of animals, who do you contact?
There's been a Facebook group set up here to co-ordinate the rescue of the animals https://www.facebook
.com/groups/22169500
1350737/ and this phone number to contact someone called Jon Proctor 07415 270 070 if anyone can help or rehome an animal, it looks like there are all sorts of animals small ones, cats, dogs and large animals as well, there's also an option to donate towards the rescue. All those animals homeless, it's a desperate situation.
[quote][p][bold]Edmondsley[/bold] wrote: The headline does not seem to reflect the story.It appears to be an appeal for homes for the animals.What kind of animals, who do you contact?[/p][/quote]There's been a Facebook group set up here to co-ordinate the rescue of the animals https://www.facebook .com/groups/22169500 1350737/ and this phone number to contact someone called Jon Proctor 07415 270 070 if anyone can help or rehome an animal, it looks like there are all sorts of animals small ones, cats, dogs and large animals as well, there's also an option to donate towards the rescue. All those animals homeless, it's a desperate situation. babz

5:12pm Thu 30 Jan 14

babz says...

https://www.facebook
.com/groups/22169500
1350737/
sorry the link above is broken
https://www.facebook .com/groups/22169500 1350737/ sorry the link above is broken babz

5:52pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Nigel Burton says...

Originalneilg wrote:
"The bailiffs - who demanded that photographers and television crews not take their picture " So the Northern echo agreed?? Why no pictures? They have no right, if its a public space take the pics!!
We did not agree. The bailiffs are in the photos we have used.
[quote][p][bold]Originalneilg[/bold] wrote: "The bailiffs - who demanded that photographers and television crews not take their picture " So the Northern echo agreed?? Why no pictures? They have no right, if its a public space take the pics!![/p][/quote]We did not agree. The bailiffs are in the photos we have used. Nigel Burton

6:19pm Thu 30 Jan 14

LUSTARD says...

thanks a million thats what the tv ad for the dogs trust said, so i looked, and yes theyd just broke the million pound a week in donations barrier and continue to do so. little known fact, but will they step in.
thanks a million thats what the tv ad for the dogs trust said, so i looked, and yes theyd just broke the million pound a week in donations barrier and continue to do so. little known fact, but will they step in. LUSTARD

8:52pm Thu 30 Jan 14

j)nnyc says...

Dreadful these guys. They have no sympathy and strut about as if they own the place.

I referred my mate who was having some bother with Bailiffs to these and he was really pleased

www.block-the-bailif
f.site90.com/
Dreadful these guys. They have no sympathy and strut about as if they own the place. I referred my mate who was having some bother with Bailiffs to these and he was really pleased www.block-the-bailif f.site90.com/ j)nnyc

10:36pm Thu 30 Jan 14

KarenSTEMM says...

The amazing kindness and generosity of people from around the country has resulted in donations already of over £25,000. They put to shame the mortgage company that has dealt with this situation in such an appalling way. I only hope now that enough money will be donated to pay off these leeches and that Paula can return to her home and caring for all these rescue animals. If this happens she must make sure she keeps well away from the likes of Redstone. I hardly think many people are going to rush to them for a mortgage after this fiasco.
The amazing kindness and generosity of people from around the country has resulted in donations already of over £25,000. They put to shame the mortgage company that has dealt with this situation in such an appalling way. I only hope now that enough money will be donated to pay off these leeches and that Paula can return to her home and caring for all these rescue animals. If this happens she must make sure she keeps well away from the likes of Redstone. I hardly think many people are going to rush to them for a mortgage after this fiasco. KarenSTEMM

10:59pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Lilithmoon says...

the mortgage company involved in the re-possession of the animal sanctuary is Redstone, they were fined 630k in 2010 for mishandling arrears and unfairly treating their customers, any bad publicity we can get for them over this cannot be a bad thing, so let people know of their rep, and let them know how we feel about their actions...this is their contact details; Redstone mortgages contacts are Gateway House, Gargrave road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 2HL in UK. Redstone mortgages company contact number is 0844 8922730.
the mortgage company involved in the re-possession of the animal sanctuary is Redstone, they were fined 630k in 2010 for mishandling arrears and unfairly treating their customers, any bad publicity we can get for them over this cannot be a bad thing, so let people know of their rep, and let them know how we feel about their actions...this is their contact details; Redstone mortgages contacts are Gateway House, Gargrave road, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 2HL in UK. Redstone mortgages company contact number is 0844 8922730. Lilithmoon

11:12pm Thu 30 Jan 14

LUSTARD says...

looks like the heat is of the dogs trust, hail fellow well met
looks like the heat is of the dogs trust, hail fellow well met LUSTARD

11:36pm Thu 30 Jan 14

e-vgilante says...

Could the papers ask Redstone Mortgage Company how much is her
Mortgage for and how much to pay it off. As we have to ask for a financial goal before the RSPCA step it.
You have read that the group have read 25k so if we had a goal. we could go back to the Mail and go to other papers as well The Arks story was in the Daily Mail today.
Thank you
Rose Jay
Could the papers ask Redstone Mortgage Company how much is her Mortgage for and how much to pay it off. As we have to ask for a financial goal before the RSPCA step it. You have read that the group have read 25k so if we had a goal. we could go back to the Mail and go to other papers as well The Arks story was in the Daily Mail today. Thank you Rose Jay e-vgilante

9:37am Fri 31 Jan 14

safc1974 says...

she has already had 1 house repossed
she has already had 1 house repossed safc1974

10:30pm Fri 31 Jan 14

firesidechap says...

This might shed some light on her plight : Please Read >http://www.ourdogs.
co.uk/News/2009/Jan2
009/News090109/sanct
uary.htm
This might shed some light on her plight : Please Read >http://www.ourdogs. co.uk/News/2009/Jan2 009/News090109/sanct uary.htm firesidechap

12:01am Sun 2 Feb 14

firesidechap says...

http://www.ourdogs.c
o.uk/News/2009/Jan20
09/News090109/sanctu
ary.htm
http://www.ourdogs.c o.uk/News/2009/Jan20 09/News090109/sanctu ary.htm firesidechap

12:51pm Sun 2 Feb 14

settheworldonfire says...

GET OVER IT, THIS IS A NONE STORY.....
THIS WOMAN WAS BEHIND IN HER MORTGAGE LIKE THOUSANDS OF OTHERS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES.
SHE NEEDS TO MOVE ON AND THE ANIMALS WILL BE BETTER OFF RE-HOMED ELSEWHERE. STUPID PEOPLE GIVING MONEY AWAY WHICH WILL BE WASTED ON HER LEGAL FEES TO FIGHT THIS LOST CAUSE...
LIVE FREE AND PROSPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!
GET OVER IT, THIS IS A NONE STORY..... THIS WOMAN WAS BEHIND IN HER MORTGAGE LIKE THOUSANDS OF OTHERS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES. SHE NEEDS TO MOVE ON AND THE ANIMALS WILL BE BETTER OFF RE-HOMED ELSEWHERE. STUPID PEOPLE GIVING MONEY AWAY WHICH WILL BE WASTED ON HER LEGAL FEES TO FIGHT THIS LOST CAUSE... LIVE FREE AND PROSPER!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! settheworldonfire

5:46pm Sun 2 Feb 14

cushybutterfield says...

'RSPCA',' better late than never'. I believe they do a good job nationally but over the years, I have telephoned the 'RSPCA' in the north east of England and you could 'never' 'get anybody at anytime', 'day or night, or 'indeed speak to a real person', just a *'daft informal answering machine'. Appears to be a 'mismatch' here when we are all bombarded with incessant 'TV messages' for money. Yes I support animals general but where ? are these people when they are most needed.
'RSPCA',' better late than never'. I believe they do a good job nationally but over the years, I have telephoned the 'RSPCA' in the north east of England and you could 'never' 'get anybody at anytime', 'day or night, or 'indeed speak to a real person', just a *'daft informal answering machine'. Appears to be a 'mismatch' here when we are all bombarded with incessant 'TV messages' for money. Yes I support animals general but where ? are these people when they are most needed. cushybutterfield

6:00pm Sun 2 Feb 14

cushybutterfield says...

Years ago in the 'south of England, one particular 'Baliff Company' (Not all of course) were reputed to....'Take the 'last crust of bread off an old woman'. 'Pure money grabbing sheer greed', 'no compasion','no empathy, back to medevial times. Yet on the 'other hand' some (not all of course) of these Charity's which are mainly ' funded by public donation', pay saleries of some of their invisible 'Directors and Managers' , untold thousands.
Years ago in the 'south of England, one particular 'Baliff Company' (Not all of course) were reputed to....'Take the 'last crust of bread off an old woman'. 'Pure money grabbing sheer greed', 'no compasion','no empathy, back to medevial times. Yet on the 'other hand' some (not all of course) of these Charity's which are mainly ' funded by public donation', pay saleries of some of their invisible 'Directors and Managers' , untold thousands. cushybutterfield

6:04pm Sun 2 Feb 14

cushybutterfield says...

settheworldonfire...
.....Thanks for your considered 'inept, negative comments' on this subject, you are certainly a great, great help.....Thank God I am not on a 'sinking north east ship'..
settheworldonfire... .....Thanks for your considered 'inept, negative comments' on this subject, you are certainly a great, great help.....Thank God I am not on a 'sinking north east ship'.. cushybutterfield

2:25pm Tue 4 Feb 14

MartinMo says...

Originalneilg wrote:
"The bailiffs - who demanded that photographers and television crews not take their picture " So the Northern echo agreed?? Why no pictures? They have no right, if its a public space take the pics!!
The bailiffs are the faggots (woman included) in the black jackets standing behind the white van with a police escort.

Low life scum attempting to enforce the rule of some other low life scum, had run in once when they threatened of friend of mine. Never have I ever met someone more derserving of a long term hopsital stay and told him as much. He came back with police escort to ensure his own safety.

If its acceptable that a soldier may get shot carry'ing out his line of work then why do these scum get police protection when an individual stands up for himself.

Poor animals, would take one but already housing 3 dogs and 5 cats.
[quote][p][bold]Originalneilg[/bold] wrote: "The bailiffs - who demanded that photographers and television crews not take their picture " So the Northern echo agreed?? Why no pictures? They have no right, if its a public space take the pics!![/p][/quote]The bailiffs are the faggots (woman included) in the black jackets standing behind the white van with a police escort. Low life scum attempting to enforce the rule of some other low life scum, had run in once when they threatened of friend of mine. Never have I ever met someone more derserving of a long term hopsital stay and told him as much. He came back with police escort to ensure his own safety. If its acceptable that a soldier may get shot carry'ing out his line of work then why do these scum get police protection when an individual stands up for himself. Poor animals, would take one but already housing 3 dogs and 5 cats. MartinMo

3:51pm Tue 4 Feb 14

jan1957 says...

My so-called mortgage is also with this bunch of inhuman scumbags. They are robots with no conscience whatsoever. I hope that now they have stooped to a new low, Redstone's ruthless activities will be brought to the government's attention and they will be shown up for what they are.
My so-called mortgage is also with this bunch of inhuman scumbags. They are robots with no conscience whatsoever. I hope that now they have stooped to a new low, Redstone's ruthless activities will be brought to the government's attention and they will be shown up for what they are. jan1957

6:27pm Tue 4 Feb 14

settheworldonfire says...

jan1957 wrote:
My so-called mortgage is also with this bunch of inhuman scumbags. They are robots with no conscience whatsoever. I hope that now they have stooped to a new low, Redstone's ruthless activities will be brought to the government's attention and they will be shown up for what they are.
This woman should have paid her bills...Do you all know that a security firm and machine / plant hire firm was running from her property ..Campbell security and Campbell plant hire...I bet you did not.....
[quote][p][bold]jan1957[/bold] wrote: My so-called mortgage is also with this bunch of inhuman scumbags. They are robots with no conscience whatsoever. I hope that now they have stooped to a new low, Redstone's ruthless activities will be brought to the government's attention and they will be shown up for what they are.[/p][/quote]This woman should have paid her bills...Do you all know that a security firm and machine / plant hire firm was running from her property ..Campbell security and Campbell plant hire...I bet you did not..... settheworldonfire

7:31pm Tue 4 Feb 14

53664337 says...

Something doesn't ring true here and if the numerous Facebook pages are to be believed there's some pretty dubious things going on with this now?
40k donated but it doesn't seem like any animals have been rehomed and no clue as to where the money is going, I read a quote apparently from the owner saying the money would help toward the cost of rehoming and any left over would be distributed among the volunteers, who seem to be mostly her family!

It's clearly going to be upsetting losing your home (although it's unfortunately a situation a lot of people are in at present!) But I really don't understand how a "peaceful protest" is going to stop bailiffs repossessing your 350k farmhouse!

A very sad story, but the more information that comes out the more dubious I am about it all, there's so many questions (why didn't she make any rehoming arrangements when she knew she was going to be evicted?? Why has she turned down other rescue centres offering to rehome animals? Etc!) And it seems that those in charge of the Facebook page have been getting more and more belligerent, banning people who previously donated money if they question where the money will be spent.

I do not know anyone involved in this, but on weighing the available information my opinion is that if the animals leave the farm there's no longer a "cause" - it's just a lady who mismanaged her finances trying to hang on to her country cottage, and no cause means no donations, which means she has to lump it like the rest of us who are struggling financially and say goodbye to her lovely country farm!
Something doesn't ring true here and if the numerous Facebook pages are to be believed there's some pretty dubious things going on with this now? 40k donated but it doesn't seem like any animals have been rehomed and no clue as to where the money is going, I read a quote apparently from the owner saying the money would help toward the cost of rehoming and any left over would be distributed among the volunteers, who seem to be mostly her family! It's clearly going to be upsetting losing your home (although it's unfortunately a situation a lot of people are in at present!) But I really don't understand how a "peaceful protest" is going to stop bailiffs repossessing your 350k farmhouse! A very sad story, but the more information that comes out the more dubious I am about it all, there's so many questions (why didn't she make any rehoming arrangements when she knew she was going to be evicted?? Why has she turned down other rescue centres offering to rehome animals? Etc!) And it seems that those in charge of the Facebook page have been getting more and more belligerent, banning people who previously donated money if they question where the money will be spent. I do not know anyone involved in this, but on weighing the available information my opinion is that if the animals leave the farm there's no longer a "cause" - it's just a lady who mismanaged her finances trying to hang on to her country cottage, and no cause means no donations, which means she has to lump it like the rest of us who are struggling financially and say goodbye to her lovely country farm! 53664337

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